WildEarth Guardians wrote:Like most wolf packs in the Gila that are small, the Middle Fork pack is comprised of the alpha male (AM871) and the alpha female (AF861). We believe these two survivors will benefit from the recognition afforded them by having names.
Article Source - http://www.mexicanwolves.org/index.php/ ... -BioregionThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service currently refers to these two animals as “AM871” and “AF861. Since time immemorial, humans have named wolves; people have named wolves out of respect and even out of fear. We name them to honor their individual identity and transcendent spirits. Their perseverance and endurance should be recognized with inspirational names rather than by sterile numbers.
WildEarth Guardians offers this chance to name two iconic wolves in the West. These two formed a pack in 2006 and have been carving out a living ever since. They have bred for the last two years, although unfortunately as is the case throughout the Gila, puppy mortality has been high.
The contest is being conducted in two phases. Until July 10 participants were instructed to submit names that either referenced the Gila, or the species and its characteristics, or a name that evokes beauty.
Now our all star wolf panel has selected four names for both the male and the female (from over 800 names) and we're asking you to cast your vote for the final names. You have until July 27 to vote on these names and can vote only once.
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I found this to be truly inspiring. It's seriously an amazing thing that these two found each other and fully deserve titles worthy of their accomplishments. For both wolves to have lost a leg and still found a way to be successful, it just shows the determination within these creatures. I'm very excited to see what names are decided.